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Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Mar 21, 2015

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Flame-throwing Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani worked three scoreless innings on Saturday in his final preseason exhibition before he goes to the mound next week on Opening Day. Otani, who professes to have made some minor adjustments to his approach, said he ...

Mar 21, 2015

Dodgers' Kershaw takes liner to face

Clayton Kershaw broke a tooth when he was hit in the face by a line drive in the third, then he finished a sharp five-inning outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a game between split ...

Mar 20, 2015

Kaneko won't start Opening Day for Buffaloes

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been ruled out as the Pacific League club’s Opening Day starter, manager Hiroshi Moriwaki said Friday. “He won’t pitch on March 27,” Moriwaki said of the right-hander who swept the postseason awards last year but had offseason surgery ...

Mar 20, 2015

Disney plans film on Mo'ne Davis

Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis will be the subject of a Disney Channel movie. The network says development is underway on the biographical film, titled “Throw Like Mo.” It will tell the story of the 13-year-old who last summer made history as the ...

Mar 19, 2015

Clemens defamation suit settled

A long-running defamation lawsuit against former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens by his ex-trainer has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money to be paid by his insurer, attorneys said Wednesday after meeting with a federal judge. The ...

Mar 19, 2015

Tanaka sharp in second spring start

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 3⅔ shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5 Wednesday. Tanaka gave up two hits and struck out three without a walk in his second spring start, both against Atlanta. He threw two perfect innings last week. ...

Mar 19, 2015

Slugger Eldred undergoes knee surgery

Brad Eldred, whose 37 home runs last year led the Central League, has had surgery on his right knee, the Hiroshima Carp announced Thursday. The 34-year-old Eldred underwent a procedure in the United States on Monday to repair damage to the medial meniscus in ...

Mar 18, 2015

Darvish undergoes elbow surgery

Yu Darvish had his season-ending elbow surgery Tuesday, when the torn ligament from the Texas Rangers ace’s right arm was replaced with a tendon from his forearm. The Rangers said Dr. James Andrews reported the elbow ligament-replacement surgery went as expected, with no complications. ...

Mar 18, 2015

Matsuzaka diagnosed with influenza

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s road back to stardom in Japan hit a bump on Wednesday, when the former big leaguer was diagnosed with influenza that may push back the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander’s first regular season start. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka, who is making a comeback in ...

Jeter, Matsui team up for good cause

Mar 18, 2015

Jeter, Matsui team up for good cause

by Jason Coskrey

When Derek Jeter was asked whom he idolized growing up, he immediately mentioned Dave Winfield, saying the former Yankees player was “larger than life,” and that he had a poster of Winfield in his room as a child. Then a wry smile flashed across ...